Cinnamon 1.3.1 released
I’d like to thank all the people who contributed feedback on our 1.3 release.
Version 1.3.1 is a maintenance release which adds polish and tackles important issues from the previous release.
Here are the issues and improvements featured in Cinnamon 1.3.1:
- Easier applet drag n’ drop:
- Panel zones now cover the entire panel: In Cinnamon 1.3 they only used the space they needed, leaving empty zones in the panel which didn’t react to drag n’ drop.
- Panel zones are now highlighted on drag-over: In Cinnamon 1.3, you couldn’t see where the zones were, so dragging an applet was precarious as you couldn’t tell whether you were dropping it in the right or center zone (for instance). Since version 1.3.1, they now appear in color. This works with the default theme, and this post contains instructions for artists to update their theme to add this feature.
- Cinnamon settings:
- New “restore to default” button in the applet section
- Text scaling factor now uses a spin button instead of a scale widget
- Slightly improved layout
- Default theme improvements:
- Slightly better looking panel launchers
- Smoother notifications
- Other fixes:
- Fixed battery/power applet
- Many unnecessary warnings were removed from the logs
- Typos were corrected in the systray applet
- A bug was fixed which made some icons to appear too big in the system tray
Impacts on applets and extensions:
- No impacts on applets
- All extensions need to update the version to “1.3.1″ in their metadata.js file
Impacts on themes:
Themes will work in Cinnamon 1.3.1 without any changes, but won’t feature panel zones highlighting without the changes below. We strongly recommend theme artists update their themes to either highlight, or color the panel zones on drag-over, as explained below.
Panels are made of three zones:
These zones contain applets, and the layout of the panel depends on which applets are in which zone. Since these zones are not visible to the user, it is important to highlight their boundaries or to make them visible to users when an applet is being dragged over.
In the default theme, we decided to do this by giving each zone a separate color. So when the user drags over an applet, we colorize our zones in red, green and blue.
Cinnamon 1.3.1 defines a pseudo-class “dnd” (which stands for Drag N Drop) for this. So in our theme, this is how we did it; We added the following in our CSS: